CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Serigne Mboup, a 6-7, 190-pound forward from Senegal, has signed a financial aid agreement to play basketball at Austin Peay State University.
At the same, APSU has announced that 6-10 senior center Matt Hasse medically has been forced to end his basketball career because of a chronic back problem.
“It is unfortunate for Matt to see his career to end this way,” APSU head coach Dave Loos said. “He experienced discomfort during last season. It got progressively worse as the season progressed. I remember in our shoot-around at Liberty that Matt went up for a shot and never released the ball—it (the back) got him.
“Matt has been a really good guy in the program—he always has been very positive—and gave everything he had. I think if you would poll our players for best teammate he would be right there in the conversation.
“He has been very good in the classroom and has been extremely active on campus, in particular in SAAC (Student Athlete Advisory Council).”
Hasse played in only 19 games in 2012-13. He initially injured his back in the Govs’ Jan. 19 contest at home against Eastern Illinois. He sat out three straight games before playing three minutes against Tennessee State, Feb. 7, and re-aggravating the injury. He sat out the next three games before again re-aggravating the injury during shoot-around prior to the SIUE game, Feb. 16. Hasse made brief appearances in the Govs’ final two games of the 2012-13 season.
The Naperville, Ill., native finished his junior campaign averaging 1.0 ppg and 1.4 rpg. He scored a season-high seven points against High Point in late December and grabbed a season-best three rebounds in APSU’s home loss to Murray State, Jan. 12.
Hasse, who has a desire to enter coaching after college, will remain as a student assistant for the 2013-14 season.
His roster spot will be taken by Mboup, who comes to APSU from New Mexico Military Institute. As a freshman last season he played in 21 games, including 11 starts after joining the team at first semester’s end. He averaged 3.8 ppg and 4.4 rpg in his one season with the program. He will have three seasons of eligibility with the Governors.
“Serigne is a real active, athletic young man who plays very hard on both ends of the court,” Loos said. “He found out he could graduate early from the Mew Mexico Military Academy and did so.
“We wanted to be careful on this scholarship. We were going to use it on a freshman in this next class. But Serigne became available and we believe he is what we were looking for. His (juco) numbers are a little skewed in that he didn’t play the first semester and he had to work his way in.”
Mboup is expected to provide depth at the post position behind Chris Horton, the Ohio Valley Conference Freshman of the Year who also will be entering his sophomore season.
“I like idea of his aggressiveness on the defensive end and on the boards,” Loos said. “He fits very much into our culture change.”
Mbopu grew up playing with a different round ball—Senegal is a soccer-crazed country. He began developing his basketball abilities in Senegal’s Sports for Education and Economic Development Foundation (SEEDS), established in 2003. With the help of Nike and the NBA among others, SEEDS offers intense 10-month training period for prospective basketball players.
Mboup visited Utah, The Citadel, Montana Tech and APSU before deciding on the Govs. His academic interests are in engineering and physics.
“I really like him personally,” Loos said. “He is a bright young man with his priorities straight—education first with him. I think he was sold on our basketball program, our facility and schedule and all that. It came down were we the right place academically for him.”
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First name (Serigne) is pronounced same as “serene”
Last name Mboup is pronounced “Boop”